Hour@The Museum: Spotlight on Singapore art

Courtyard, Raffles Hotel by Ong Kim Seng. (2010)
Courtyard, Raffles Hotel by Ong Kim Seng. (2010)PHOTOS: COURTESY OF GALERIE BELVEDERE

Galerie Belvedere commemorates Singapore's 50th birthday with an exhibition celebrating all aspects and facets of the island. It explores the country through the eyes of established artists such as Chen Wen Hsi and award-winning watercolourist Ong Kim Seng. British artist Brendan Neiland was also commissioned to do a series of scenes of Singapore, offering a foreigner's perspective of the country.


Bird Cages (1950)

By Chen Wen Hsi, mixed media, 40x30cm

Although created more than 60 years ago, this work exhibits modern sensibilities in the depiction of a typical congregation of bird cages. The style reflects a less hectic life in the 1950s and gives a sense of calm.


Courtyard, Raffles Hotel (2010)

By Ong Kim Seng, watercolour on paper, 73x53cm

In this gorgeous depiction of the famed Raffles Hotel's courtyard, Ong shows his skill with the brush, capturing the lush greenery and relaxed atmosphere.


Singapore Screen (2015)

By Brendan Neiland, digital and silkscreen on archival paper, 51x71cm

Neiland was inspired when he looked through a porthole-shaped window in Marina Bay Sands and imagined he was in a ship looking at the ocean. The vivid red of the wall contrasts with the calm blue of the ocean and makes the viewer feel as if he is at sea.


Returning Home (1988)

By Tay Bak Koi, mixed media on paper, 30x30cm

There is something fantastic about the way the fishermen appear to be walking on water in this painting. The medium used creates a unique texture that adds depth to the simple image.


Village Scene (1984)

By Foo Chee San, ink on rice paper, 68x68cm

Foo depicts dawn descending on a quaint village. The muted colours lull viewers into the peaceful, sleepy atmosphere of the village.


LKY Quadrant (2014)

By Sukeshi Sondhi, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 120x120cm

Sondhi created this work, among other Lee Kuan Yew prints, after becoming a Singapore permanent resident. Here, Singapore's late founding prime minister Lee has been given the Andy Warhol treatment, immortalised in pop art.

 


Celebration (2012)

By Sarkasi Said, batik painting on cotton, 84x94cm

Dynamic brushstrokes give the work a strong sense of movement. With the piece incorporating Sarkasi's signature batik technique, one attempts to figure out where the lines end or begin. The work exudes a mysterious energy.

 


WHERE: 01-10/11/12 Galerie Belvedere, 140 Hill Street

MRT: Clarke Quay

WHEN: Till Aug 22, 11am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), noon - 5pm (Sat & Sun)

ADMISSION: Free

INFO: Call 6423-1233 or go to www.galerie-belvedere.com

Richard Neo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2015, with the headline 'HourAtTheMuseum'. Print Edition | Subscribe